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80th Congress Convenes, 1947/01/06

Published 1947

(1) "Hears Truman Address - Washington, DC: For the first time in fourteen years, a Republican-dominated congress assembles to hear the presidential message on the state of the Union. He asks for moderate labor legislation and urges speeding of peace settlements." (2) Miami: Orange Bowl Parade (3) Bowl Games college football (4) Pasadena: Tournament of Roses (partial newsreel).

Production Company Universal Studios
Audio/Visual sound, b&w


Reviewer: Christine Hennig - - May 31, 2006
Subject: Giant Balloons, Congressmen, and Other Things That Are Filled With Hot Air
Dull post-war newsreel documenting the opening of the 80th congress, the first with a Republican majority since 1931. The section featuring President TrumanĂ¢s state of the union address drags on and on. More interesting are the stories about the Orange Bowl and Tournament of Roses parades, with their goofy floats, including a really scary giant dog balloon. But this is interspersed with boring footage of the football games, resulting in a pace that continues to drag.
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: **. Weirdness: ***. Historical Interest: ****. Overall Rating: ***.
on 6/1/2005